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Extreme remodel eyed for clubhouse

Rotterdam woman raises money for local Boys & Girls Club renovations

— Most bucket lists probably include traveling to a far-flung location or a unique experience, but one local woman placed giving back to the community at the top of her list.

Darlene Zeh is confident she will be able to check off one thing on her bucket list after spurring a community effort to remodel the Rotterdam Boys & Girls Club located at 721 Curry Road.

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Darlene Zeh

“It all started ‘cause I wanted to give back to the community,” Zeh said. “I think that it is just going to help our community work together and give our kids something wonderful to go into every day.”

The project has a format modeled after the television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” which made the phrase “move that bus” take on a new meaning. Zeh is also planning to say that same phrase at the end of the club’s “Extreme Remodel.”

“It is fun for the public and it gets done,” she said about the project theme. “It is just something to look forward to for the community.”

The remodel of the club should take seven days, from Aug. 18 to 24. Until the project kicks off later this summer, Zeh has been busy reaching out to community members and businesses for funds, supplies and volunteer labor. The 18-year Rotterdam resident is hoping to raise around $150,000 to remodel the façade and interior of the club to give it an updated, modern look.

“I cannot believe the feedback I have gotten from this community,” Zeh said. “I just have a ton of businesses that are stepping up to the plate.”

Shane Bargy, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady, is excited to see the community supporting the project. Bargy said the more than 60-year-old building would benefit greatly from the remodel project.

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